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Likewise my keeper rate must be 10% or less. I do tend to do a lot of "spray and pray" at 10fps!

 

Waiting for a canoe party downriver the other day I was watching the good old Forked tailed drongo hawking insects:

 

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Bateleur (of which the Kafue has a lot) in poor light:

 

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backlit reed cormorant:

 

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Another one. Two golden eagles arguing over eating-rights. Beautiful birds, cold an snowy, perfect eagle-conditions! Also taken in the steep hills of Dalen in Telemark, Norway. D4s+tammy 150-600.  

Northern Carmine Bee-eaters taking advantage of savanna fire. Mago national park, Ethiopia, Feb 2015  

Yesterday I went to visit one of my favorite spectacles in the animal world. Each morning during late July and early August, dozens to hundreds of Swallow-tailed Kites assemble over hayfields near th

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Peter Connan

Love that drongo @@KaingU Lodge!

 

I can't tell you how many exposures I have wasted trying to get a nice Drongo in flight.

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Grey Hornbill:

 

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African Hoopoo:

 

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Grey Go-away bird:

 

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Stonechat:

 

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White-breasted Swallow:

 

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Lesser-striped Swallow:

 

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All taken at Rietvlei on Saturday 7/11/15 with Nikon D750 + Nikkor 500mm f4, set to manual mode with Auto-ISO, approximately 1/2000th exposure and normally f5-f5.6 aperture.

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michael-ibk

All great captures, but just adore the Hoopoe! :)

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offshorebirder

Nice @@Peter Connan. Swallows are some of the toughest in-flight subjects around.

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Peter Connan

Thank you Gentlemen, I appreciate your comments.

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Treepol

These were all taken in North Queensland in July-August 2015

 

Sarus Cranes, Yungaburra

 

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Pacific Black Ducks, Lake Barrine

 

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Crested Terns, Mossman River

 

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Magpie Geese, Keatings Lagoon.

 

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Peter Connan

 

In a general sense, where is Rietvlei located?

Is it near Johannesburg, or elsewhere?

Tom K.

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KaingU Lodge

Good old wattled plover (sorry, Lapwing) a couple of evenings ago.

 

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Very nice @@KaingU Lodge

 

@@Tom Kellie, Rietvlei is located between Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is merely 24km from my home, which makes the fact that I have only been there twice this year quite shameful.

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A couple from the banks of the Zambezi at Mana Pools.

Canon 5DIII with EF400 DO lens +1.4x extender.

ISO 400 f6.3 1/1250s and a lot of luck.

 

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~ @@Big Andy

 

The second carmine bee-eater image is CRAZY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's it doing in Safaritalk when Audubon would turn a somersault to print it?

The other bird turning to look, the sharp focus on the hapless dragonfly, the triumphant glance of the skilled hunter — all top-class.

Surely one of the most memorable bird images of 2015 or of any year.

Thank you for posting it for all of us to enjoy.

Tom K.

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Thank you @@Tom Kellie your comments are much appreciated, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I must say that I enjoyed taking it in the first place. :)

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Peter Connan

Andy, superb!

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Great Blue Turaco , Bigodi Wetlands, Uganda

Beautiful bird but such a bad aviator.

 

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Great Blue Turaco , Bigodi Wetlands, Uganda

 

Beautiful bird but such a bad aviator.

 

~ @@Antee

 

That's a fascinating image, with exceptional color.

I've never seen a great blue turaco, thus didn't know that it wasn't the best of fliers.

Not only that, but until reading your post I'd never heard of Uganda's Bigodi Wetlands!

Safaritalk is my continuing education Web site.

Thank you for posting this image and caption.

Tom K.

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This is not a perfect Photo of Whooper Swans (shutterspeed too slow) but interesting as one of the swans is quite melanistic.

 

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This is not a perfect Photo of Whooper Swans (shutterspeed too slow) but interesting as one of the swans is quite melanistic.

 

~ @@mvecht

 

May I please ask where these swans were photographed?

Were they near your home in Denmark, or elsewhere?

Tom K.

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Hi Tom

I am sorry I forgot to mention it in my post.

They were photographed in Denmark about 12 miles west of my home.

They were part of a Group of app 100 swans where a few more showed some signs of melanism.

The whooper swan is a common visitor to Denmark in the Winter time and it is not uncommon to see more than 500 resting together on land.

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~ @@mvecht

 

Thank you for that information.

Supposedly whooper swans also visit eastern Asia, although I've never met anyone who saw them.

Observing hundreds of them together must be a remarkable experience!

It's a plus to see them here in Safaritalk, as a reminder that such noteworthy wildlife lives in Europe and elsewhere.

For someone like yours truly who lives in a heavily polluted urban area, it's a special joy to see photographs and information about such beautiful birds.

Tom K.

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NZ Flutering Shearwaters. These images are posted at the suggestion of @@Tom Kellie having originally been posted in one of the photography sub-fora. Apologies if I have transgressed a rule on multiple postings.

We were headed from Auckland to Waiheke Island across the Hauraki Gulf and were acocompanied by a sizeable flock of these small birds flying at 20-25 knotts only centimetres from the water. The light wasn't great and I was using my 'travel lens' (Nikon 18-300mm) attached to a Nikon D7200. 300mm, ISO 400, f6.3, 1/2500 sec. It was a lovely moment and great to be in their company for several minutes. Apologies for the quality of the images which only serve to confirm that any future I have photographing wildlife is not as a birder!

 

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~ @@pomkiwi

 

What's especially impressive about these images is that the photographer was aboard a moving vessel while the shearwaters skimmed along.

The optical physics of the two moving bodies is an exercise in kinematics.

Yet you did it! Such lovely photographs.

Thank you.

Tom K.

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pomkiwi

@@Tom Kellie It is only honest of me to point out that it was flat calm! It was a lovely distraction during a ferry crossing (although the landscape is enough distraction in itself). Thank-you once agian for your interest and encouragement.

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Northern Giant Petrel (I think). Sighted off Kaikoura in New Zealand whilst whale watching

 

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Peter Connan

Been trying for a long time to get a nice Drongo-in-flight photo. This weekend, I got fairly lucky.

 

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Nikon D750 + 500mm f4

 

Manual mode with Auto-ISO enabled, f5.6 and 1/2000th got ISO720. Back-button focus, AF-C with 9 points active, hand-held.

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